It’s OK for Freelancers to Say “No” At Difficult Times

How often do you say “no” to a client or work for reasons other than: The pay is too low You’re too busy The deadline is too short You’re going on holiday They’re a p*ss taker My guess is the answer to that is “rarely.”

Yeah, I’m GenX and I’m Smashing Freelancing…

I hate labels and I hate stereotypes. As a GenXer, I’m apparently supposed to loath the Baby Boomer “Generation Greed” as much as I’m supposed to hate Millennial “Generation Snowflake”. In a recent amusing news piece on CNBC and featured on HuffPo UK, it was demonstrated that GenX really is the forgotten generation (as we’dContinue reading “Yeah, I’m GenX and I’m Smashing Freelancing…”

Why Freelancers Should Take a Holiday Every Year

I’ve been quite bad at keeping this blog up to date over the latter end of spring. 2018 has been a tough year in several ways. But now, having just returned from a holiday to the northeast of England, I feel refreshed, recharged and ready to go again. Coming back to a lovely and warmContinue reading “Why Freelancers Should Take a Holiday Every Year”

Preparing For Your Christmas Break as a Freelancer

Welcome to a new year. By now, whether you are a freelancer or work in a “proper job” as some people insist on calling them, you are most likely back at work. Being a freelancer means you get to control your own holiday schedule time at any time of the year. Work doesn’t tend toContinue reading “Preparing For Your Christmas Break as a Freelancer”

Why Freelancers Should (Occasionally) Take an Impromptu Day Off

We’ve become conditioned in the west to think that working hard means clocking up more hours than the person in the next cubicle. You’re contracted for 40 hours but you’re a slacker if you only do 40 hours. We believe that the longer we work, the harder we work. But recent studies suggest we are notContinue reading “Why Freelancers Should (Occasionally) Take an Impromptu Day Off”

Five Signs it’s Time to Put Your Freelance Prices Up

You may love being a freelancer. You may love the flexibility and work life balance. You may even love the actual work. Given the choice, nobody would do a job they hated. You should, however, never lose sight of the fact that you are a business. You should regularly review what you charge your clients.Continue reading “Five Signs it’s Time to Put Your Freelance Prices Up”

How Freelancers Can Maintain Long-Term Working Relationships with Clients

Long-term clients who come back to us month after month and year after year are like gold dust. I feel fortunate that I have so many with whom I’m working now four years after I started my freelance writing career. It amazes me sometimes when I hear how some freelancers simply give up working forContinue reading “How Freelancers Can Maintain Long-Term Working Relationships with Clients”

Cost Saving Tips for your Home Office

As any freelancer or work-from-home professional knows, you need to do all you can to maximise your profits and minimise your bills. Freelancing is precarious; you don’t want all of your revenue going on costs and not be able to afford to eat! Most of us don’t realise that there are measures we can takeContinue reading “Cost Saving Tips for your Home Office”

How To Avoid Burnout as a Freelance Content Writer

Sooner or later, it happens. The brain shuts down and you can’t do anything – not literally of course. You’re still capable of doing stuff but you brain resists any attempt at doing any more work for which you expect to get paid. There are many lessons to learn as a new freelancer and attitudesContinue reading “How To Avoid Burnout as a Freelance Content Writer”

Funding Your Freelance Venture By “Bootstrapping”

It’s a new word to me, and probably one of my favourite new words for 2016. I like the sound of it, but I’ve never heard it used as a verb before. What does it mean? Well, it comes from the term “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps”, meaning attempting an impossible action.